Mercedes-Benz has announced that owners of select C-Class and S-Class vehicles can now access Zero Layer – a new user interface for its MBUX infotainment system. Delivered through an over-the-air update, customers will be notified by MBUX and the Mercedes me smartphone app when it is ready for installation.
Zero Layer offers a clear user interface with a large map view and individual selection tiles that reduce the need for the user to access or scroll through sub-menus. As the user interacts with MBUX, Zero Layer remembers their most used settings or routes – aptly suggesting personalized infotainment, comfort, and vehicle functions based on their current driving situation.
If, for example, a user was to call their family after work every evening, the system would remember this action – adding a tile for it in the top menu and suggesting it as they travel home. The UI will likewise allow users to reject or delete the suggestion altogether, with the vehicle remembering these actions also.
In addition to its telephony functions, Zero Layer also aims to enhance the user experience of MBUX’s navigation system. Here, more than 20 new Magic Modules work with AI to provide a number of contextual suggestions. Its Energizing Comfort programs can suggest a nearby massage center on long-distance journeys, investigate status queries from connected smart home devices, and make suggestions for when a phone call is due.